Heaven on the Brazos River, Just 90 Miles Away--Buenas Noches.
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- Minimum stay:1 night
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Palo Pinto chateau / country house description
90 minutes and a world away from Dallas, welcome to Buenas Noches on the Brazos. Enjoy your own retreat high above the clear-flowing Brazos River and magazine-cover views of the Palo Pinto Mountains, just 50 miles west of Fort Worth. Here you will find awe-inspiring views, your own private piece of the Brazos and a hill country retreat reminiscent of those you usually have to drive five or six hours to find. Buenas Noches is what you want Texas to look like. You will find comfortable accommodation for large groups or just a couple's getaway. Canoes available and canoe trips available at additional cost.
The best canoeing/kayaking, rock climbing, road bike routes and scenery are all here or just up the road. Just seven miles to town and all the conveniences there, but as isolated as you want it to be.
The city and cube walls don't surround you here, only history. The Comanches, the fiercest warriors this part of the world may have ever seen, once guarded these grounds with extreme prejudice. Only a couple nights here are necessary to help you come around to their point of view.
Charlie Goodnight and Oliver Loving called this area home, as well. From here, the Goodnight-Loving Trail got its start and so too did the story that would later be immortalized in McMurtry's Lonesome Dove.
If any of that sort of thing interests you, or maybe just sheer beauty and the quiet that accompanies it, you will love this place.
If you, or a loved one have an addiction to TV, I would recommend this as rehab (though I can't speak to the deductibility of it).
There is no TV here.
Some are made uneasy by this, however I am happy to report, most of those same people, come away loving this place all the more for it.
There are some great out-of-the-way little dives and restaurants down in the towns of Gordon, Strawn and a few other little places around the county. Pretty much any drive to any of these places is guaranteed to be a scenic one.
Spend a night or a weekend here on the cliffs above the 'Arms of God' and you'll understand why I call this place Buenas Noches. Any night spent here is a good night.
Keywords: Ranch, river, house, hills, beautiful, brazos
- Chateau / Country House
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Considered
- Non Smoking Only
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 10-14
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Wood Stove
- Parking Off Street
- Wood Fireplace
- Covered Parking
- Clothes Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Linens Provided
- Air Conditioning
- CD Player
- Pool Table
Pool & Spa
- Private Pool
- Heated Pool
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Water View
- Mountain View
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- mountain biking, road biking, canoeing, star gazing, not watching TV.
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Family Camp on the Brazos
Family Camp on the Brazos
We have been blessed with a large family which loves to spend time together. We have an annual “family camp” to get everyone together to bond and play games and enjoy just being together. We spent Memorial Weekend at the Buenas Noches on the Brazos River and loved every minute of it. The pictures portray the property accurately but just do not capture the peaceful calm of the breeze which flows constantly through the pavilion. It was the perfect spot to make smores in the evening and watch for deer coming to the river in the early morning and to relax after playing in the river all afternoon. We brought telescopes for start gazing; however it was cloudy and rainy for the first part of our vacation. The house has a large covered front and back porch which was perfect for enjoying the rain. We had originally planned to take a canoe trip on two days, but the rain kept us at the house the first day. Several of the big kids and little kids had a blast at the river catching fish. We played games and sang and ate very well. Mike was very helpful in answering all of my questions so that I could plan for the weekend. The caretaker Tony was great to handle our canoe trip and take care of us while we were there. Each year our family camp develops a theme or motto for the most memorable events of the weekend. This year was dubbed “Family Survival Fitness Camp”. I’m not sure it would be politically correct to call it “Family Fat Camp” as was first suggested. The hike down to the river and back would be a great workout for anyone in training. Not that it was unpleasant because it was such a beautiful rock staircase. The name developed after several trips each day. My husband and I did a high five on the suggestion that we wanted them all to get in better shape. Fresh air, exercise, open skies, rain, a beautiful scene over the Brazos river, everyone sleeping under one roof and having fun together, what more could anyone ask for. Did I mention there were 18 of us? Just enough beds to get the adults off the floor and plenty of floor space for kids in sleeping bags. It was wonderful.
- Guest Grandma (Midlothian, Texas )
- Date of stay 05/24/13
- Review Submitted 06/03/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, sightseeing.
This place is a little slice of Texas Heaven. Some friend and I made it out there earlier this month to celebrate a friends upcoming wedding. It was perfect for a large group of people. With the amazing views and perfect location of getting out of town, it was everything we expected and move. The river, the fire pit, shooting clays off the cliff, we could not have asked for a better time. We would definitely want to get out there again. Thanks again Mike!
- Guest chuck (Dallas, Texas)
- Date of stay 04/19/13
- Review Submitted 04/26/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, sightseeing.
Wonderful Weekend Getaway
Wonderful Weekend Getaway
The weekend was fun for the whole (extended) family varying from 5 yrs to 88 yrs. While cabin affords seclusion & privacy, it's only 10 minutes into town of Mineral Wells. Any forgotten items can be easily picked up there. We enjoyed river with some swimming but mostly canoe/kayaking. (Be aware of long stairway down to/up from river but stairs help immensely over any trail alternative.) We had 17 in group but 4 were accommodated in a travel trailer that we brought to weekend. The owner had grounds completely mowed at cabin level & walkway down to river also completely mowed just before our arrival. House was clean & prepared for our arrival. Only issue we had all weekend was that canoes were locked but a call to caretaker had that fixed in 15 minutes. Overall a really enjoyable weekend that we will likely do again.
- Guest Cowboy Dave (Plano, Texas)
- Date of stay 08/31/12
- Review Submitted 09/25/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, tourists without a car.
Get away (but not too far) from it all.
Get away (but not too far) from it all.
Buenos Noches has become a source of great memories for my son and I plus a good number of our friends. I love that Mineral Wells is a few minutes away if we forget something but once you're at the ranch you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere. The patio outback sits on the edge of a high cliff overlooking the eternally slow Brazos and it's not uncommon to see hawks at eye-level as they survey the river. I also love that my family loves being here even though they have to unplug from media (no TV, no wi-fi) for 48+ hours. It's good to do that from time to time. The owner is super laid back and will take care of you but not get in your way. And the place down the road where they serve breakfast is worth the trip by itself. It used to be an old dude ranch and has been converted quite tastefully into an artists retreat. Make sure you bring drinking water as the well is true to the name and quite 'minerally'. And while the kitchen has all the basics, if you plan on doing some serious cooking you might want to bring your own tools. If you really want to relax and connect with the land, bring a copy of John Graves' book "Good-bye to a River". It's as beautifully and elegantly crafted as the banks of the Brazos and gives you terrific context of the place. Also recommend you read some of 'Under the X in Texas', authored by the Ranches owner - you'll find it on the coffee table. Enjoy!
- Guest Kyle (Dallas)
- Date of stay 06/08/12
- Review Submitted 07/03/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, sightseeing.
Drove down from Oklahoma City for a relaxing weekend out in the country. Mike's place was exactly what we were looking for. The house was clean and provided plenty of space for our group to sleep and enjoy themselves. This property is a jewel and the views did not disappoint. We spent the majority of our time relaxing/swimming in the river, canoeing, and smoking ribs on Mike's smoker (which conveniently is located up against the cliffs leading down to the river). The pathway to the river is currently not pictured, and it should be. Stone stairs are cut into the rock and lead down to the river level, it was an incredibly unique and cool feature. The river is slow moving and shallow enough in most areas where children can comfortably play without threat of being swept downstream. Overall, our group kept raving about the property and the house. Will definitely look into coming back next year. Thanks Mike!
- Guest Ryan (Oklahoma City, OK)
- Date of stay 06/22/12
- Review Submitted 06/27/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, sightseeing.
Owner response: You're right, Ryan. The stairs are awesome and I've since added a picture. We loved having you guys out and hope to see you back next year or sooner.
I've stayed at Buenas Noches three times now. The owner is both accomodating and polite, but once everything's in order he leaves you be and then you are out alone (with friends, in my case), away from the sound of traffic, away from your cell phone anchor, with a commanding view of a beautiful river (great for kayaking and fishing), and at night, a million stars across the sky while you grill, drink a few beers, and enjoy the company. I plan on making it a fourth.
- Guest TankMajor (Manhattan Beach, CA)
- Date of stay 07/29/11
- Review Submitted 05/16/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, pet owners, families with teenagers, adventure seekers.
Last fall we took the core youth leaders from our scout troop to RBN for their annual calendar planning summit. We had nine youth and three adult leaders. The adults each had a bedroom and the boys all slept in the big living area. The facility has a great iron smoker on the covered overlook where we smoked brisket for our evening meal. The boys enjoyed swimming in the river, fishing and playing pool during their leisure time. When it was time to work on our calendar planning, there was plenty of space for everyone to gather in the big room and spread out materials needed for our work. We enjoyed dinner on the overlook and after the sun went down, we all enjoyed the best "TV show" ever, a breath taking view of the stars and the milky way. This is the kind of place that really seeps into your soul. I can't wait to return.
- Guest Scoutmaster 753 (Carrollton, TX)
- Date of stay 08/13/11
- Review Submitted 05/08/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing.
Owner response: Thanks, Mark! You guys are always welcome!
Perfect Family Getaway!
Perfect Family Getaway!
Mike was an extremely helpful and personable host. We were able to setup all the details through email even though I had heavy business travel the two weeks before. We added an extra night up front so that we could have all day Friday for adventures. The accomodations were comfortable and easily handled our crew of 8. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook and there are two (competing) grocery stores 10 minutes away in town. There are also several restaurants nearby. The kiddos didn't miss the television at all and we brought some board games along with us and really enjoyed playing games at night. The ranch also sports a pool table in the living room along with all the accessories. As part of the trip, we arranged a canoe trip and that was one of the highlights of the trip. A local guide picked us up and dropped us off up the river from Mike's place. We were all familiar with canoes so we were able to enjoy the trip on our own. The serenity of the river along with the beautiful scenery made for a wonderful afternoon. The evenings were spent down by the river on the porch with a fire in the pit and, of course, s'mores! Try to find some time during your stay to peruse the books on Texas history and folklore that Mike has accumulated. The drive from Dallas was easy and just about 1 1/2 hours. We didn't run into any snakes or scorpions, but we did hear coyotes at night. The stairs down to the river are lit at night, but are steep and you need to be cautious. We had a great time and highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a family escape!
- Guest Ron (Coppell, Texas)
- Date of stay 03/15/12
- Review Submitted 04/09/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, families with teenagers, adventure seekers.
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Discounts: 3 nights or more: $500 Nightly
- Refundable Damage Deposit: $600
- Pet Fee: $0
- Taxes Included
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Year Purchased: 1999
About the owner: I am a freelance writer and author. My best-known title is 'Shine On,' the history of Shiner Beer and story of Shiner, Texas. For six years, I was an essayist on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Sunday.
Why the Owner Chose Palo Pinto:
From the time I read John Graves' 'Goodbye To A River,' I was in love with the Brazos and this part of Texas. It is my wish to share this gem with all those who care about such things.
The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
Buenas Noches is named in honor of Charles Goodnight, who inspired the story of 'Lonesome Dove.' Captain Charlie's first ranch was very near where you will be. 'Buenas Noches' was how he was known to the Comanches against whom he fought. It also describes how any night spent here is a good night.
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Your view of the Brazos River from the pavilion.
The pavilion and Brazos below, with the Palo Pinto Mountains in the distance.
Living room and kitchen.
Pasture and stock tank, with main house in the background.
Canoeing on the Brazos de Dios, (Arms of God).
Thunderheads building to the north.
Hanging out in the river.
Stairs to the river.
The main ranch house.
Family Room, pool table and fireplace.
Cabin front porch.
The bunk room.
The Mayan Rock, a couple miles upriver. Look close and you can see a face.
Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
View from the cabin porch.
The front gate.
Stairs up from the river.Bet you're breathing hard when you get up top.
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